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Candles can be a fire hazard. Be safe at Christmas fire safety advice

Make sure candles are in a safe place. When using candles, make sure that they are at least a few feet away from any objects that can burn, such as drapes or curtains.

Candles should only be used when someone is present. Never leave them burning if you leave home or go to sleep.

DO NOT BURN YOUR CHRISTMAS WRAPPING OR BOXES in your fireplace. They cause a film in the chimney that can damage it, and when they burn, the fire may cause excessive heat which can damage your chimney and cause a fire in the wall.

REMEMBER, Smoke Detectors make great gifts, as do fire extinguishers, escape ladders, carbon monoxide detectors and flashlights.

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